People of the City of Detroit, consider the Lord when things don't go as we expect. Just understand that things go the way the Lord allows them to go. Our steps are ordered by His prayer.
An excerpt from "As It Is In Heaven" AuthorHouse SPRING 2010 by J. Frank Simmons II.
These words spake Jesus and lifted up his eyes to heaven and said,
Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son
also may glorify thee:
As thou hast given him power over all flesh,
that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only
true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
I have glorified thee on the earth:
I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."
John 17: 1-4
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world,
But that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
The Lord Jesus came into this world as a light unto men. In his possession was life eternal to give as a gift to all that belonged to the Father. His life was the light of men in the world. Life eternal is our enlightenment and awareness of the Heavenly Father and the ensuing relationship formed by that knowledge once delivered and revealed to his children, the children of men.
As with any gift, all that was necessary was for the children to accept the gift from their Father. Once enlightened through the knowledge of Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, men were immediately delivered from evil. While Jesus was in the world, he kept his disciples, men, women and their children from the evil.
The Kingdom of Heaven was with them as Jesus Christ walked the earth. Men walked in the light of the heavenly environment emanating from the Lord. Jesus prayed that the Father would enlighten the children of men to realize the Kingdom had come already.
As with the possibility of granting any new citizenship, the principles and precepts of the Kingdom of God were manifested and delivered to the world through the teachings, doctrine and preaching of Jesus Christ for those who would accept this process of translation or naturalization.
The prayer(s) of the Lord were holy communications made to the Father in the presence of the disciples on their behalf as well as ours that through Him the Kingdom of God would be revealed to us.
Furthermore, Jesus prayed that we would accept the naturalization or translation process through accepting his teachings, to fully prepare men to become translated from the evil of this world to the Kingdom of Heaven delivered to us while we were yet present in the world.
Once men accepted the translation or naturalization process, the Lord commanded them to do the following:
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savour,
wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing,
but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill
cannot be hid.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
As citizens of the Kingdom (City) of God, our purpose, as well as the disciples' purpose in their time of naturalization, was not to leave the world, but to enlighten a world darkened by the evil to the intent that men would come to accept the Kingdom (City) of God and the Righteousness of God. Simply put, when men see light, they will walk therein.
"Ye are the salt of the earth" says the Lord. Salt always leaves an impression on every food that is seasoned by it. The Lord commands us to "have salt in us," to leave an impression upon everyone that we have contact with. If the salt has lost its savour, what good is it? The salt will then be used to be trodden under the foot of men. This means that if the Lord gives us our purpose, we should seek to carry out our heavenly assignment as he commanded. At that point, you have dominion and superior influence over all that which you have contact with, including evil.
When we fail to carry out our purpose as God has commanded, ie. we as salt have lost our savior or purpose, then we are trodden under the foot of men, ie. walked on, tossed to and fro and consequently never noticed at all. Our life is subject to extended periods of misfortune, missed opportunities and meaningless servitude.
To be continued . . . .God Bless